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Grant will help mark 'Sword Surrender Site'

Plans moving along to modernize Saratoga's Revolutionary War history

— “We’re hoping to provide a seamless experience for the traveler as they visit the sites,” said Holmes. “We want to provide a lively Internet presence so visitors can experience the sights interactively as they go along.”

The Friends of Saratoga Battlefield and the consortium of more than a dozen municipalities and nonprofit groups involved in the project are hoping to film interviews with local professors and reenactors to enhance the app.

The money will also be used to update the visitor’s center, while money from the Solomon Trust grant and additional donations will be used to update the new park that contains the “Sword Surrender Site.” Future plans for the site include an interactive kiosk and memorial wall.

In total, the consortium has raised $600,000 allocated through grants for the visitor’s center project. The group paid $110,000 for the building but additional repairs may need to be made, like stabilizing the structure.

“We’re doing some studies and environmental assessments now,” said Holmes. “But eventually we want this center to become the historical gateway into Saratoga.”

The visitor’s center will be nearly a mile from where Gen. Burgoyne’s encampment of British troops laid.

Holmes said he’s hoping to have the new plaque installed by summer, but opening the visitor’s center will be a longer project.

“Two years for the work is the objective, at least we’re going to try anyway,” he said.

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